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Can people with diabetes drink alcohol?

Question: Can people with diabetes drink alcohol?

Answer: There are two issues you need to consider here. First, how alcohol will interact with any medications you're taking? Secondly, how it will affect your blood sugar? You should consult with your physician and pharmacist to find out if it's okay to consume alcohol with the medicines you are taking.

Small amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise, however excessive amounts can cause blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. Alcohol can also increase your appetite and lead to poor food choices and overeating. Knowing this and following the guidelines below will help you safely fit alcohol into your eating plan.

  • Drink alcohol with food, not by itself
  • Steer clear of sugary mixes such as sour mix, sodas, and frozen drink mixes
  • Drink slowly and always keep a calorie-free drink nearby to quench your thirst
  • Women should drink no more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day and men should limit their drinks to 2 or fewer per day

NOTE:  If you have any questions or concerns about how alcohol may interact with your medications, be sure to discuss them with your physician. If you are prescribed new medications, be sure to ask your physician or pharmacist about potential interactions with not only other medications, but food and alcohol as well.

 

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